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Monday, March 2, 2015

With a Backpack of Faith

It's been a great week here in Vejle :) Thank you so much for all the prayers and lovely messages!! I love hearing from each and every one of you :D <3

To start the week off, we had a fantastic lesson with a man we met while knocking! If anyone tells you nothing ever comes from knocking on people's door, you can just tell them ''Kind sir, you're absolutely bonkers!''
The man we found, T, looks like the typical driver of a Harley, with a heart of gold! Our appointment last Monday was so touching, and we definitely felt the Spirit. We stopped by later in the week to drop off some good old American Orange Rolls, and we have another appointment with him this evening :) It's going to be great! 
We then knocked on some doors in another part of Vejle, and found M, another really positive man with the most tatoos I've ever seen on one person before! We actually knocked his Girlfriend's door, and she told us that while she wasn't interested, we should come back and talk to her boyfriend, who is very religious. So of course we took the invitation, and we have an appointment with him again later this week :) And remember that man from last week, Justice? We saw him on the gågade on our way home for dinner. We had felt to take the 45 minute walk home rather than take the 5 minute bus ride, and on the way, ran into Justice again, this time, Sober! He remembered us, and we set up an appoinment for later this week :) These 3 men are so deligtful to talk to, and we're looking forward to these great lessons with them :)

In connection with this week's title, we had a little adventure this week! Our Saturday had been left open all week for finding opportunities, so we took the chance to head out to one of the smaller villages in our area - one where missionaries haven't been in a while. We decided on Give, a little town with not much going on. We broke out the backpacks, and stuffed them with copies of the Book of Mormon, water bottles, and of course, Faith :) We were so stoked to head out! 
So here we are in little old Give. We knocked on a little under 100 doors (yes, we counted), and the whole time, could only find filthy rich people, or little old senior citizens who didn't want to talk to us. We decided to take our lunch break around 13:00, and after our hour, we headed out again. As we started knocking in a new area, we ran into a whole lot of Jehovah's Witnesses! No wonder all the people we were knocking either weren't opening their doors, or would slam it in our face after peeking at us! We had been knocking the same neighborhood the Jehovah's Witnesses had just knocked! So we headed to another area, had 0 success, and decided to go home to Vejle for dinner, and try our luck there. 
So after knocking for 6 hours in Give, and not having any success, we planned on heading back out for the last 3 hours of the day to knock, and contact the man who's girlfriend said to come back on the weekend. And boy, were we blessed! M was so open, and just deligtful to talk to! We know that even though it didn't feel like we were having any success at all that day, at the very end, we were so receptive to the Spirit that we knew exactly what to say, and we were able to convey the importance of the gospel message to M :)

I was thinking about this experience we had on Saturday during my studies this morning. I was reading the last chapter of 2 Nephi, and the first 2 verses stood out to me. 

And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when man speaketh bythe power of the Holy Ghost   the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.

 But behold, there are many that harden their hearts against the Holy Spiritthat it hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of   naught.

As I was reading these verses, I thought about how there are so many people we talk to throughout the space of the day, and even though we Speak Gospel truths to them, they never seem to care. I know that I feel the Holy Ghost, and that what I'm saying is true, so it's soo frustrating when these people brush us off and chuckle away! I think to myself, '' why don't these people realize the importance of our message?? Why aren't they feeling that these things we're saying are true??''

The Holy Ghost is here with us. He is carrying the message to their hearts, but they're not letting Him in. It is a personal action to allow the Holy Spirit to work on your heart and understanding. I know that what I am doing is right, But what can I do better?? haha, all of these questions just keep coming! All I can think is, 'agency man, it's a kicker!!'

But I know that as I keep working hard, I will see miracles in these people's lives! At least all these people we talk to are now introduced to the missionaries, and maybe someday, they will remember and be interested :) JUST KEEP SWIMMING, like McKenzie's new fish, Peesh!! ;)

But all in all, we had a really great week! We found 3 new investigators, and a whole lot of potentials! We had a phenomenal lesson with a less active woman, and she came to Stake Conference yesterday! :D

Guess who else I saw at Stake Conferece?? Søster Sorensen, AND!!!

​SØSTER WILLIAMS!! :D It was wonderful!! She gave me the biggest hug right when I walked in, and I was sooooo happy to see her :) Welcome to Denmark, my dear friend <3

I hope you all have a fantastic week, because ours was wonderful, and this next week will be even better :) We even saw a rainbow this morning :)

I love you all!!! 

Vi snakkes!!
-Søster Sølberg

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